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Lewandowski feels 'cheated' by Dortmund

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July 31, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Robert Lewandowski featured on the weekend against Bayern Munich © PA Photos
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Robert Lewandowski has launched a fresh attack on Borussia Dortmund's management team, claiming he has been treated unfairly over his desire to join Bayern Munich.

The striker's attempts to negotiate a move to Bayern this summer have failed so far, with Dortmund informing him he is required to see out the remaining year of his contract before leaving on a free transfer next summer.

Lewandowski was named in the Dortmund side which ran out 4-2 winners against Bayern in the German Super Cup leading to hope that speculation about his future would stop.

But Lewandowski, who scored four goals against Real Madrid in a Champions League semi-final game last season, has told Polish papers FAKT and Rzeczpospolita he feels "a bit cheated" by their conduct.

Lewandowski claims he was offered some €6 million plus bonuses if he was to see out his contract, but that pay rise never materialised.

"This is a little bit strange, not so German" Lewandowski is quoted as saying in TZ. "We are acting normally, and Borussia's management is not."

However, as ESPN reported in June, it is believed that Lewandowski and his agents have actively turned down a pay rise likely to be in the region of €6 million.

"I always give it my all," Lewandowski said. "That they keep me is not fair."

On Saturday, during the game against Bayern Lewandowski was a constant threat, although he did not score.

"The Super Cup against Bayern was only the beginning of the season," the Poland international said. "I don't know, if the situation will fail to leave a mark on me. It's in my subconscious and there will come a time when I will be in a bad mood before the game."

Lewandowski reportedly earns €1.8 million, a salary negotiated for his first Dortmund contract, a four-year deal signed upon making the switch from Polish side Lech Poznan in 2010. Talks about a new contract at Dortmund never advanced far enough for a new deal to be agreed.

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